The New York Giants are still rolling with their winning streak, capturing their fifth straight win against the Chicago Bears. The Giants were not facing a tough opponent in the Bears, but the Bears kept the game close and that forced the Giants to make plays in short yardage situations.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was finding holes in the Giants secondary and he exploited them to get big yards through the air. The Giants did find a way to get their defense going and the defense would be the deciding factor in this win. The Giants defense comes up big during the end of games and that is how they close out.
Early in the game the Giants defense was having trouble against the Bears running game because of running back Jordan Howard. Howard would power his way through the Giants defensive line and pick up big chunks of yards. He would get 17 carries and rush for 77 yards. Howard was wearing the Giants defense out, but they were able to keep him out of the end zone.
Another player that the Giants had trouble with was Bears tight end Zach Miller. Miller got wide open a few times grabbing 3 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Miller would break his foot later in the game and that ended his game and possibly his season.
The Giants showed up again on offense and they are continuing to get better week by week. It is no surprise that the Giants wide receivers are good not just on paper, but on the field as well. Each week Eli Manning chooses a different primary target. Usually it would be Odell Beckham Jr., but in this game it was rookie Sterling Shepard.
Shepard had a huge game being targeted 11 times he would have 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Shepard is emerging as a star not only on the Giants, but league wide as well. All of the receivers played a big role in this game.
Victor Cruz only had 2 targets during the game, but he would have one catch for 48 yards. Cruz is well overdue for a big game, and in the limited role he has had during this 5-game winning streak he has shown what he is still capable of doing.
When Cruz does get a game when he gets a few more targets it will be a problem for the opposing team. Beckham Jr. did not have big game as well with 5 catches for 46 yards. The Giants have plenty of weapons in their wide receiving unit, but getting all of them the ball is something Manning is going to have to work on.
The Giants are a legitimate playoff contender this season after years of being an 8-8 caliber team or worse. They seem to have everything working at the right time with a favorable schedule. The Giants have to stay healthy in order to have a deep run in the playoffs.
They are 3rd place in the NFC and are at the top of the wildcard race right now. They are 2nd place in the NFC East and are not too far behind the Dallas Cowboys for first place. The Giants could be the team that gets hot during the tail end of the regular season and may win their division.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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